Post east coast earthquake, pre Irene I decided it was time to up our emergency preparedness. This four person “honey bucket” kit cost $76 (expensive, but on the more reasonable side — some kits cost over $200!). I remember talking to friends after 9/11 and the blackouts in NYC and what they recommended I put in our emergency stash might surprise you: creature comforts. Instead of candles and radios and packets of water, what they missed most was booze, chocolate and cigarettes. So, in addition to the “honey bucket” I’m stocking up on wine, chocolate bars and some toys for Alex (and diapers and wipes, of course). What do you stock up on for emergencies? A friend I spoke with last night has photocopies of important papers (birth certificates etc). We haven’t done that, but we probably should.